Opera contest final approaches

Voices of South Africa Trust, a non-profit organisation founded by South African opera singer Njabulo Madlala to develop young gifted artists, presents the final round of the Voices of South Africa International Opera Singing Competition at the Hugo Lambrechts Music Centre at 20 Picton Street, Parow, on Sunday July 28 at 3pm.

A semi-final will be held on Saturday July 27 to select 15 finalists who will sing before an audience in the final on the Sunday.

Three local choirs will also compete for the R10 000 Opera Choral Prize. The prize money for the competition, now in its sixth year, totals R60 000 and out of 195 hopefuls only 25 have been selected to come to Cape Town to take part in opera masterclasses and workshops preceding the final, led by acclaimed American conductor and pianist, Professor Kamal Khan, South African tenor and opera director, Kobie van Rensburg, head of Opera Studies at the Guildhall School of Music in London, Dominic Wheeler and head of the Young Artist Programme at the Royal Opera House, Elaine Kidd from the Royal Opera House in Britain.

Entry to the final is free. For more information about Voices of South Africa Trust and how you can help, log on to www.voicesof